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Carlyn’s Journey-Oh Happy Day! XIV

Submitted by on June 11, 2010 – 6:00 AM3 Comments
Carlyn’s Journey-Oh Happy Day! XIV

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Mathew 7:7-8

We were back in the infertility game with a new specialist and a new regiment for success. I started taking a drug called Follistim. It was an injection that I had to take for five days in a row. (Follistim does the same as Clomid. It creates healthy eggs.) At the end of the five days, I went in for an ultrasound to see how many mature eggs we had. I discovered that I had five. At the time, five eggs did not alarm me so much. Remember, I was the girl who had 12 eggs one month, and had to shut ‘er down. Five seemed reasonably good to me.

The next step was to take an HCG shot that released those eggs for ovulation. We then went in one day later to free the “swimmies” as I call them. (It just sounds so much better than the other word).

The next part was the hardest.  I had to wait for 14 days to see if Mother Nature delivered my monthly gift, or if I needed to take a pregnancy test.

I was laying in bed on day 11 thinking about taking a test. Then, I remembered that the pregnancy test box said that you could take the test up to five days before you started your period.

“Hmmmm, maybe I should go ahead and take one in the morning. I have two in the box, so I can do another one on day 14 if I need to,” I thought.

Needing to go to the restroom, I woke up that morning at about 3:30, and decided it was the perfect time to take the test. I sat there on the edge of my bathtub waiting for the designated two minute waiting period to be over.

Right before nodding off, I took a quick glance at the pregnancy test. Now, I can’t tell you how many tests I have taken over the past five years, but I can tell you that after you take as many I have, you get used to seeing one line boldly declaring NOOOOOO! So when I saw two lines clear as day screaming YEEEESSSSSSS I thought, “I am still asleep!” So, I rubbed my eyes and checked it again. Yep! There were two lines there!

All I could do was smile!!! I didn’t quite believe it. Here it was 3:30 in the morning. Rob was in the bed asleep, and I was pregnant.

I decided to go back to bed where I could think of a way to tell Rob our good news in the morning. Of course, I did not sleep a wink after that. I sat there thinking about how our lives were going to change, and how happy I was to tell Rob.

I decided that I would tie a ribbon around our dog’s neck with a note that said, “You are going to be a daddy!” His reaction was priceless. He read it, then looked at me and said, “Really?” Then he jumped up and hugged me. It was a moment that I will always remember.

I then went to school to share my good news. As you can imagine, everyone I told was ecstatic. I had been teaching with some of those people for five or six years. They knew our journey, and in a way, they were invested in the journey too. They had prayed for us, cried with us, and now, they were rejoicing with us. I was so overjoyed that I thought surely I would burst.

I called to talk to my doctor to see what the next steps would be. They told me that I needed to come in for blood work to confirm that I was in fact pregnant, and to check my levels (progesterone and HCG).

I then started to get a little nervous. A small voice in the back of my head kept saying, “What if the test was wrong, and you’re not pregnant?  You will have to tell all those people you were mistaken.”

So what did I do? I went home and took that 2nd test. What do you know? After five minutes, there were no lines at all!! It was a faulty test! Ugh! Thank goodness the blood test was the next morning.

I don’t know why the devil has to do that. It is so unnecessary, but he was working on me big time.

Rob and I happened to be leaving the next morning to fly across the country to North Dakota.  It was Rob’s grandmother’s 80th birthday, and we were going to celebrate.

I went and had my blood drawn, and then headed to the airport. The plan was for my nurse to call me sometime during the day with the results. Still, I was a nervous wreck waiting on those results. Every time I thought about it, my stomach would flip flop. Even so, I was excited because the only person we had not told was my mother-in-law, who was already in North Dakota and would be picking us up from the airport.

We were grabbing a bite to eat in Minneapolis, when I noticed I had a message on my voicemail. It was my nurse congratulating me on being pregnant, and telling me that my HCG level was 248, which was a good thing. (Your HCG level is what is tested to see if you are pregnant. It has to be 5 or above to be considered pregnant.)

I was so happy, and so was Rob!  We were living in the best dream of our lives, and we were enjoying every minute of it!

Join me next week for the rest of the story!

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  • Laura says:

    I love this story Carlyn. Thank so much for sharing. I am going to keep praying for you, Rob, and that sweet little baby on the way ; ) Keep us posted in your blog!! Love Laura

  • Cynthia says:

    I don’t know you but I am so excited for you! Congrats…can’t wait till next week! ;o)

  • Carlyn says:

    Thanks Cynthia…That is so sweet! It was a happy time but remember, there is “a rest of the story”…